Containing China’s Threat to the United States
For years, the political class looked the other way as China manipulated its currency, ran up huge trade surpluses with the United States, and stole our defense secrets and intellectual property.
The ruling class in Washington knew this was happening. They even used it to secure their position of power through American companies reaping enormous profits by exploiting cheap labor in China and in-turn contributing generously to the campaigns of politicians who let it happen.
In 1986, our trade deficit with China was $6 Billion. We have not had a trade surplus since. Last year it was $679 billion, an all-time high.
Today we pay a price. By some measures, China has already become the world’s largest economy. By all measures, it has the world’s largest Navy. It now occupies international shipping lanes and poses serious nuclear threats in the South China Sea. Politicians allow China to provoke our trading partners and threaten our allies.
It’s hard to believe that someday we will just put aside our differences with the Communist Party of China and suddenly decide to become friends. China is a surveillance state that locks up minorities in concentration camps. In China, there is no such thing as free speech, in fact criticism of the government will get you killed. The same people who enforce these policies in China also define and broker how trade is conducted with the United States.
In the face of this threat, we must maintain our military superiority, and rid American soil of Chinese spies who are stealing our technology. In addition, we must form a NATO-like pact with freedom-loving nations which regards a violation of trade rules on one country as an assault on all countries.
As your Senator, I will stand up to China and advocate for a strong military in order to protect our freedom, values, and future.